Swisscom Upgrades Entire WiFi Core System with Aptilo Wi-Fi Service Management

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Swisscom Upgrades Entire WiFi Core System with Aptilo Wi-Fi Service Management Image Credit: Aptilo

Aptilo Networks announced that Swisscom will replace three Wi-Fi Core system vendor solutions of its Public Wi-Fi Service (PWLAN) with its Aptilo Service Management Platform (SMP).

Aptilo and Swisscom have worked in close partnership since 2013, when Aptilo replaced a few key components in Swisscom’s Wi-Fi Core system. With the Aptilo SMP as a base, Swisscom continues to develop their advanced in-house subsystems for operator-managed guest Wi-Fi, targeting business customers in Switzerland.

The security will be further enhanced by supporting Apple’s new IMSI encryption. The IMSI is a number that uniquely identifies every user of a cellular network. It is used for automatic authentication with a secure Wi-Fi network (802.1x) using the credentials on the SIM card. The IMSI can also be used to track device movement. IMSI encryption is therefore critical to protect user privacy.

Aptilo SMP will also fully migrate into Swisscom’s virtualized environment contributing to the goal of a 33% reduction of logical nodes, claims Aptilo. At the same time Swisscom will immediately get 50% added Wi-Fi Core capacity and a flexible system easily adapted to future needs.

Ndim Ganam, Product Manager Public WLAN, Swisscom
Merging all Public Wi-Fi Core functions to Aptilo SMP will reduce risk, increase our operational efficiency and save costs. We will also get a more rapid growth in new functionality and innovations as we share the same software with many other leading operators.

Aleksander Mitov, Director of Sales Europe, Aptilo Networks
I am incredibly proud that an award-winning Wi-Fi service provider that provides services to millions of end users per month, has entrusted Aptilo to be a foundation for their Wi-Fi core platform.

Ray is a news editor at The Fast Mode, bringing with him more than 10 years of experience in the wireless industry.

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